The Bowen Technique:WITH JOANNA AUSTEN in Liskeard and Bodmin
WHAT IS BOWEN?
Bowen is a gentle muscle-release therapy consisting of a dynamic series of gentle,
precise and relaxing “rolling” moves over muscles and soft tissue. Bowen empowers
the body’s own healing resources . The moves encourage the body to balance itself
both structurally and also in terms of its organs and systems. For this reason,
Bowen is effective in treating all kinds of aches and pains as well as imbalances
within the respiratory, digestive, circulatory, reproductive systems, etc. Many
clients find the simplicity of this therapy remarkable and are amazed at its effectiveness
for all kinds of health problems.
The treatment is non-invasive and NO forceful manipulation is used making it safe
and suitable for any age. Using fingers and thumbs small rolling movements are made
over tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at precise points on the body. Many of the
moves are over recognised trigger points, acupuncture points, neurolymphatic reflex
points, golgi receptor cells and joint proprioreceptors. Gentle fascia work is also
often incorporated. One of the most profound effects Bowen can have is in shifting
the Autonomic Nervous System – which controls over 80% of bodily functions – releasing
stress at very deep levels. This subtle, but dynamic process, allows the body to
re-align, address imbalances in functions and chemical compositions and, as far as
possible, restore homeostasis (physiological equilibrium) within the body. This
could explain why even a small number of Bowen treatments frequently activate the
recovery process when healing from pain, trauma, sickness, injury or surgery.
The movements are interspersed with periods of rest to allow the body to “process”
the treatment. Sometimes during these breaks the client may feel subtle responses
and fine adjustments taking place.
Treatments are usually performed over light clothing and can last up to 45 minutes. Sessions
are generally one week apart and often clients will only need a minimal number of
There have been a number of research studies carried out into the efficacy
of Bowen for a number of conditions, details of which Joanna can supply to anyone
interested. There are studies into: Frozen Shoulder;back pain; fibromyalgia; hamstring
elasticity; asthma; knee pain, lymphoedema. Copies of these studies are available.
For women: Bowen has helped with PMT; Period Pains; Hot Flushes. Fantastic aid
Basically, because Bowen activates the body’s own healing mechanisms it is possible
that it can help with any condition that is causing problems, so always contact Joanna
for a chat about your particular problem.
ABOUT JOANNA AUSTEN: Practising at The Wellbeing Centre, Liskeard and at the Therapy
CHNC REGISTERED* Joanna Austen is a highly experienced Bowen Therapist who qualified
in the Bowen Technique in 2004 and since that time has carried out numerous further
training courses to enhance her knowledge of thi s dynamic therapy. She concentrates
solely on the Bowen Technique and has worked in a busy clinic since qualifying. She
has learnt to be able to assess the body to see where there are major muscle imbalances,
which often lead to painful conditions such as unremitting back, neck or shoulder
pain. Due to her ongoing and continual training, she is also able to treat the body
on various longitudinal fascial lines which leads to help for so many conditions
that may have been long standing and may not have responded to other treatments –particularly
effective in seat belt type injuries. Joanna is absolutely passionate about the
Bowen Technique and is always willing to chat to anyone about how Bowen may help
them. She is extremely knowledgeable on her subject, is always carrying out continual
professional development and is a caring and compassionate therapist who offers the
highest professional standards. She is very used to treating the elderly and young
alike. Her business has been built on personal recommendations and referrals, and
she treats a number of health professionals who have found Bowen to be helpful.
ASTHMA: Joanna has had the fortune of training with Alistair Rattray, who is passionate
about treating childhood asthma. www.relieve-childhood-ashtma.co.uk. Adult asthma
can also benefit from treatment.
SPORTS INJURIES: Joanna has been lucky enough to carry out Sports Injury training
with Paula Esson, a top level sports professional and clinic director of the NIHP,
who passionately believes that Bowen has a valuable place in the integrative approach
to injury prevention and treatment for sports injures. The highly successful clinic
near Durham that she runs offers a great back up service to Joanna’s sports injury
work. Have a look at the bowen4me.co.uk web site, which details the stories of the
Leeds Rhino rugby players who use Bowen for their injury treatment and prevention.
CHECK OUT THE SPORTS SITE AT Bowen4me.com
Joanna has carried out many training courses, including:
Max Walker’s Bowen ; Gene Dobkins Neural Touch Therapy; Ron Phelan Practitioner
Howard Plummer : Fascial Bowen incorporating the treatment of children with dyspraxia
Other related qualifications:
ITEC Anatomy & Physiology - distinction
*CHNC registered – Government backed body to regulate the complimentary health industry
and ensure patient safety.
NEW ADDITION FROM MAY 2011: DEEP CURES – releasing blockages to healing
Essentially, Deep Cures has two fundamental objectives: The first is to identify
and then balance impediments to the process of auto-regulation. The second is to
fine tune the body after the session to the extent that clients receiving Bowen derive
maximum benefits from the work, structurally, nutritionally and emotionally. Past
trauma and blockages can often be released, leaving the previously “therapy resistant”
client open to bodywork.